Gimme an ‘I’! Gimme a ‘D’! Recognize these cheerleaders?
116 years ago, 1898
A fine lawn tennis court was being built on Highland Avenue, on the premises owned by John McLane. When completed, the facilities were to be opened for the enjoyable game.
Jones Gill, of Lowell, Mass., moved to Milford and was to open a business manufacturing piano stools, leasing a portion of the mill of W.E. Pierce & Co. near the engine house of the Fitchburg Railroad.
Three extra passenger cars and one parlor car were attached to the regular 8:45 a.m. train from Milford to Boston because it was excursion day on the B&M Railroad.
66 years ago, 1948
Joseph Heaps, 14, was being examined at Boston City Hospital as doctors checked on the fragments of a .22 long bullet in his head, the result of an accident in a local quarry in the summer. Several fragments had already been removed and the boy had been able to return to school and was able to take part in athletics.
Harry A. Saunders, executive director of the New Hampshire Society for Crippled Children and Handicapped Persons, spoke at a meeting of the Mont Vernon Woman’s Club.
The Latchis Theatre in Milford was showing “Emperor Waltz” with Bing Crosby and Joan Fontaine.
Milford’s VFW softball team was planning a banquet at the Milford Inn.
Wilton’s American Legion Post, with the help of G. Guy Draper, was hoping to organize a town bowling league.
50 years ago, 1964
A bullet from the rifle of a hunter shooting crows near Savage Road in Milford struck a transmission line and 8,000 Public Service customers in 10 towns lost power in the midst of a World Series game in which the St. Louis Cardinals were leading the New York Yankees 2-0, but the Yankees, the Cabinet reported, had Mickey Mantle on base and Tom Tresh at bat.
Noting the increased use of the Amherst Town Library by older school children, the Friends of the Amherst Library purchased two round reading tables and eight chairs.
The Latchis Theatre in Milford was showing “From Russia With Love” starring Sean Connery and Daniela Bianchi.
In his column, The Keyhole: A Peek at Wilton Sports, Francis Gros Louis wrote about a “slimming class” in the Wilton High gym and said that he had mentioned the program to someone to whom he referred as the old philosopher. The man said “in the old days ladies used to keep their shapes by taking care of the kids and doing their housework.”
25 years ago, 1989
The Oval Emporium, formerly Savage’s Clothing, located on the Milford Oval for more than 40 years, closed. P&C supermarket, located where the Rite Aid pharmacy is on Mont Vernon Street, announced plans to close, citing new competition in town.
In a Cabinet survey, most owners of businesses around the Oval blamed the overall economy for a drop in business from the year before, rather than location or competition.
An Amherst resident donated 240 acres of land on Chestnut Hill to the town, an amount equal to 25 percent of Amherst’s current conservation holdings.
The Community Advisory Council of Wilton-Lyndeborough Cooperative High School was to host a five-person panel to discuss the problem of student venereal disease and pregnancy and what action the school might take.
In its first year of play, the girls’ volleyball team of Milford Area Senior High, coached by Chuck Roberson, made the state tournament.